Vivarium Contract Research

The Hormel Institute Animal Facility offers customized preclinical research services to support
translational research. Our staff has extensive experience in executing protocols to demonstrate safety
and proof-of-concept in preclinical models.


  • AAALAC (Association for Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care) accredidation
  • 3600 cage rodent specific pathogen free/barrier facility
  • 3150 cage rodent conventional/non-barrier facility
  • Surgical suite
    • Anesthesia system
    • Warming pads
    • Surgical light
    • Recovery caging
  • IVIS® Lumina S5 Imaging System
  • RS2000 Biological Research Irradiator
  • Solar Ultraviolet Light Racks (UV-A and UV-B)
  • Olympus SZ61 Stereo Microscope with Wireless EP50 Camera

Preclinical Services:

  • Injections (subcutaneous, intraperitoneal, intramuscular, tail vein)
  • Blood Draws (cardiac, saphenous, facial vein)
  • Oral gavage
  • Tumor measurements
  • Aseptic technique
  • Animal weights
  • Nutritional supplementation
  • Euthanasia with tissue sample collection and preservation
  • Surgical
    • Castration
    • Vasectomy
    • Ovariectomy
    • Ovarian transplant
    • Adrenalectomy
    • Splenectomy
    • Nephrectomy
    • Intubation
    • Jugular vein catheterization
    • PDX/Xenograft

Please fill out this Services Request Form

Contact us to discuss your specific preclinical research needs:

Kim Klukas, Manager
Research Support